Happy Monday folks! I hope you had a nice restful weekend. I also hope that you are taking advantage of the many festivals and other outdoor summer things, like warm beaches, while you can. I also hope your back-to-school adventures are also going well. In the meantime, make sure you take in these news stories:
Two transportation plans need your feedback: the Greensboro Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which seeks feedback on projects through 2040 and the Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail environmental study.
The Greensboro City Council will consider a resolution to endorse in-state tuition for undocumented citizens of the United States at UNC institutions. The Greensboro council will allow citizens to allocate $500,000 of the city budget, becoming the first city in the south to offer such a program. Currently, the council is appointing the steering committee for the budgeting process.
Shelby Stephenson, the state’s newest poet laureate, reflects about his rural upbringing and how it made him a poet in this month’s Our State magazine.
Is Raleigh drinking too much downtown? Concerns about human waste and behavior are growing as new bars sprout all over the area and laws are passed to restrict certain bar activities.
There’s a push to ban door-to-door salespeople in Davidson County, which is just south of Greensboro and High Point and home to Lexington and its renowned barbecue festival.
The 2011 electoral maps, which were drawn by mostly Republican state legislators and have resulted in GOP wins at both the state and federal level, are back under the review of the courts. The initial voting rights case filed back in 2011 when the maps were released and approved by the General Assembly, was never resolved and now that there’s a new precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court on voting rights, several parties to the case want to re-examine it.
Winston-Salem’s open-air Liberty Street Market could close, as the recent operator under contract from the city has pulled out.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is asking that people don’t tag graffiti in the parkland.
Meanwhile, more international tourists are visiting the mountain areas, and the state as a whole.
If you start to see a particular Appalachian Trail game out a lot more, know that it came from Asheville.
Belk is often a lifeline and one of the few fancier department stores (and employers) in many small towns, especially in Eastern North Carolina. Many express their concerns that will change now that the store is no longer family-owned.
The Levine Museum of the New South has named a new public historian, who is set to make history of her own.
Infrastructure improvements to Wilmington’s Water Street are set to begin soon.
And finally, the beloved canine mascot of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team, Ms. Babe Ruth, has retired.